Where to Start…
Sometimes starting or changing your spiritual journey can seem over whelming. There are so many paths and belief systems to choose from. Perhaps you were taught one way as a child but something feels off about it, has you questioning it without any satisfactory answers. Begin to seek answers else where.
The first and foremost thing you should do is start meditating if you haven’t already. I’ve posted some techniques I use Here – if you are interested in seeing how I do it. Meditating is essential in finding guidance and tuning into your own spiritual self and energies. Even prayer is a form of meditation, although I personally like to believe “Prayer is talking to the divine, where as meditation is listening to the divine.”
Meditate/concentrate/focus on your current beliefs and the questions you have. Seek out enlightenment and be open to new ideas and suggestions. Learn to calm your mind and practice it often.
Research, Learn, Study!!
I can’t express this enough. Please don’t read one or two things about Spirituality, Wicca, Paganism or any other belief system and think that there isn’t more to it. Belief systems are as old and vast as the human race itself. What works, feels right and true to one group of people may not work or feel right and true to another. This is Okay! As long as your belief system brings love, light, peace, compassion, forgiveness, satisfies your spirit and gives you a good moral compass – you are on the right path for you.
However, it’s important to know the history of your beliefs, where they come from and why they are worth holding on to. This is why you should learn as much as you can from as many sources as you can so that you have a better foundation to build your own beliefs upon.
Read up on new ideas and if they don’t sound right to you, move on. The ideas and beliefs that resonate with you, study, learn and practice. If you enjoy it, adapt it to your life – if it feels off, let it go and move on to something else. Never stop growing, learning and looking for what nourishes your spirit.
I have been researching various paths and beliefs for over 30 years and still learn new things that I adapt into my core beliefs.
Cleanse your own Energies and Space.
It is important to release negative energy that lingers around us and our spaces. One simple and effective way to do this is with a smudge stick. Smudging has become more popular over the last few years. Blue Sage, Palo Santos, Lavender, Cedar, SweetGrass and other herbs have a cleansing property when burnt, or infused into oils, waters ect. Sprinkle around your home or in your bath water. Use these items after physically cleaning yourself and your home to cleanse your self and your home of any negative, stale or old energy.
You can put sea salt and/or other herbs into your bath water to help cleanse your spirit, energies and aurora. Smudge sticks are great for releasing the negative energy from spaces. It is also a good idea to get into balancing your Chakras. Quick Google searches will give you an abundant amount of information to follow from.
Cleansing is important cause negative energies have an affect on us physically, mentally and spiritually as well as it can interfere with any spiritual work you are trying to do.
Do things with Intent and action.
You can start doing magic/spells/energy work just about right away without claiming any one belief or path (after doing a spiritual cleansing) The most important thing is your Intention. You can’t just go light a green candle with a quick thought that you want money then walk away and expect it to happen. That’s not how it works. You must put in the energy, thought, focus and Intent into the candle and the lighting/snuffing of it. This is why it is important to research and study what it is you are wanting to practice.
Even when cleansing, you must do it with intent. You can’t just wave the smudge stick around and then say ok, that’s done…
You must focus your thoughts on what you are doing. Repeating a phrase or mantra helps with this. For example when cleansing you can walk around smudging and say or think over and over as you do it –
“I cleanse all negative energy from this place, may only positive energy enter this space”
There are many “spells” out there to help you focus your intentions and energy. Use one that feels right to you, or better, write your own. It doesn’t have to be poetic or anything fancy. A clear statement of your intentions with thanks to the universe/powers that be will work.
Even with the greatest Intention, you must have action. You must put your own energy into achieving what you desire. Spells/Energy work are there to help aid and influence things but not do all the work for you.
Starting a new path can be daunting, there is a lot of information to absorb and filter through, you’ll even come across contradicting information. Start small. Find something that interests you and study it. You can start by learning about the basics and fundamentals outlined in this site. Start energy work with basic Candle Energy Work (Candle Magic) or pick one or two crystals to learn about and work with. The more you follow the steps above and actively pursue your own path, the more comfortable and confident you will be.
You don’t need fancy and expensive tools to start. You don’t need every herb or crystal you read about. Your path is unique to you and can be as simple as you wish.